We are contacted throughout the year with requests to give talks on aspects of our work. If this interests you get in touch and we will provide you with a presentation that you will find both informative and interesting.
Clyde valley orchard cooperative ltd
We are a group of enthusiastic orchard lovers and owners based in the Clyde Valley around Lanark. The cooperative’s aim is to retain, maintain and replant the historic orchards of our area in a way that is relevant to the needs of this beautiful part of Scotland. The history of fruit growing in this area goes back many hundreds of years and through our work we aim to ensure that future generations will enjoy the blossom, fruit and unique landscape that has been part of our heritage for many decades to come.
We hope this website provides a valuable resource of information on the orchards of the Clyde Valley. It is designed for both local people and visitors to the area. So whether you own an orchard or garden, want to get more involved in outdoor activities, or simply want to find out more about this special feature of the Clyde Valley, we would be pleased to hear from you.
news: Apple orchards project
An orchard is defined as FIVE trees. The Clyde Valley Orchards Co-operative (CVOC) is a “Not for Profit” group with the key goals of creating, conserving and re-generating of orchards in the area. With increased awareness of Climate Change there is wide recognition of the positive impact of tree planting and orchards as a local food source. Whether you have a place in your own garden or are a larger scale community group we would invite you to become part of this Orchard Project.
Utilising the profits made through sale of Apple Juice the CVOC are initially funding the distribution of 200 one year Maiden Apple Trees. It’s hoped that in the future funding can increase the scale of this project.
The Clyde valley
Fruit trees are a common sight along the middle reaches of the Clyde Valley with the village of Hazelbank at the heart of the main orchard area.
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Who we are
This project is one of a number of initiatives delivered by the Rural Development Trust. It aims to restore and develop the orchards of the Clyde Valley by helping local people to access resources and advice on their management for a range of economic, social and environmental benefits. The work included:
- Activities with schools
- Training and advice to local people on orchard management
- Development of the website
- Organising events such as the Clyde Valley Fruit Day
Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership Project
The Orchard Project formed part of a larger initiative in the Clyde valley area.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded up to £2millon to the area to strengthen the connection between landowners, the local community and the landscape. The award comprised a £100,000 development award for the first year towards the costs of investigating and consulting on a range of projects that could make a real difference to the way the area looks and works. A further £1.9m award was then made after a successful second round submission, and was towards the costs of the following 5 years when delivery on the ground would take place.
Events in 2020
Throughout the year we attend a number of public events and also offer to give talks on fruit growing in the Clyde Valley some of which are historical whilst others are based upon our own experience. Dependent upon the time of year we offer public Apple Juice Pressings where we welcome donations of apples for juicing. We also offer our own Apple Juice for sale at such events.
Our Events Calendar lists details of our various event attendances and talks
No Dates as yet
Members, old and new, are invited to assist with Apple Picking on our picking days.
In October Apple Picking takes place in Kirkfieldbank Community Orchard.
The land is rough and steep so please wear appropriate clothing such as sturdy boots and waterproofs please.
It’s not known whether this activity will proceed in 2020. More information will appear later in the year.
Clyde Valley Fruit Day, Overton Farm, near Crossford.
Members of the Clyde Valley Orchard Cooperative attend the annual Clyde Valley Blossom Day at Overton Farm in the October. There is no information for the 2020 event at present. We will post more details when it becomes available.